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Best WordPress podcasts, winter 2014

Here's the latest round of my favorite WordPress podcasts, listed in order of preference. I prefer those that contain actionable advice over those that are mostly news. These days, I personally focus more on strategy, business development, and project management than development or design (which my teammates handle), and my taste in podcasts reflects that. […]

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Best WordPress podcasts, summer 2014

These are the best WordPress podcasts I've found. They have content for WordPress site owners, designers, and developers. My favorites are those that are focused on education rather than news. I listed them in order of preference. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for more, so please […]

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Review: Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application

Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application by 37 Signals My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is written for those who create web applications, but as a web designer who creates WordPress websites, I found plenty of relevant advice about planning, project management, client relations, hiring, and productivity. […]

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Best WordPress podcasts, fall 2013

These are the best WordPress podcasts I've found. They have content for WordPress users (individuals or small businesses), designers, and developers. I prefer those that offer tips, recommendations, and tutorials over those that simply cover WordPress news. I listed them in order of preference. Check out WordPress Radio, which aggregates and streams WordPress podcasts. Also, […]

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WordPress for Small Business Websites Panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013

I led a WordPress for Small Business Websites Q&A panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013. We discussed goals, strategy, content, analytics, speed and performance, social media, SEO, and generally making sites effective. Below is a video of the panel discussion, followed by paraphrased versions of the questions asked by the audience. I'm so thankful for […]

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How Much Does a Website Cost?

People frequently ask, "How much does a website cost?" I've heard one web designer reply, "How long is a piece of string?" Others use the car analogy: "How much does a car cost?" I like to use a house construction metaphor. I say, "Building a website is like building a house. I can build you […]

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Best WordPress podcasts, summer 2013

These are the best WordPress podcasts I've found. They have content for WordPress users (individuals or small businesses), designers, and developers. I listed them from most to least favorite. I prefer those that offer tips, recommendations, and tutorials over those that simply cover WordPress news. None of the WP Candy podcasts are active any longer, […]

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Information Technology Careers (presentation slides)

I had the privilege of speaking to students of Covenant Christian High School for their Career Day 2013. First, Drew Looyenga spoke about IT support and software development. Next, I gave the presentation below, which is an overview of careers in Information Technology (IT). How could I improve this presentation for next time? Tell me […]

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Web design podcasts that occasionally discuss web design business

Last week I wrote about my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. There are a lot of web design podcasts that aren't specifically about the business of web design, but that occasionally discuss web design business topics. I've included my favorites below, ranked according to frequency of business content. If you like these, […]

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Best web design business podcasts

These are my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. They frequently cover topics including marketing, pricing, project management, productivity, client relations, entrepreneurship, freelancing, proposals, and contracts and other legal issues. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for more, so please add your favorites in […]

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Review: The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite

The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle by Steve Slaunwhite My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is definitely the best book on freelancing I’ve read so far! Many freelancers assume that they must choose between a high income and the freedom of freelancing, so they settle for an […]

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Website redesign: OptimWise.com (2013)

For my 2013 redesign of OptimWise.com, my primary goal was to better showcase my portfolio. Secondary goals included refining information about the business, making it easier for people to contact me, and making the blog more visually appealing. My Portfolio page has been one of my most visited pages since I added it, so I decided […]

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